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October 14, 2008

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Tim Abbott

I am touched by your words, Bruce, and wish i knew the answers to your questions about the status of the entire collection. I live close enough, and know who to ask, so I'll see what I can find out. Hoping you are well, Tim

Dr. H. Bruce Rinker

Thank you for this important posting.

All those specimens -- displaying over 3000 species from around the world -- represented an inspiring window into macrobiology: an important "hook" for young students engaged in the process of discovery and opportunity. The investment of resources, not the least of which were the blood, sweat, and tears of students, teachers, parents, and alumni/ae, was no trivial matter.

Can shiny lab tops, stainless steel cabinetry, and tidy laboratories fixated on microbiology similarly inspire a sense of wonder and lifelong commitment among young students to the world's vanishing biodiversity?

I wonder what has happened to this important collection: during its 65+ year history, an incomparable assemblage of plants, animals, minerals, fossils, and models, especially for a high school? Some of it included species of special conservation concern and with at least three extinct species. Did these go to museums or universities with a commitment of stewardship?

Dr. H. Bruce Rinker
Tarpon Springs, FL

OMStorage Staff

This definitely a beautiful collection of trophies. I remember several years ago, we found an elk that belonged to my grandfather. It stored away in the attic. Very nostalgic.

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